Health & Medicine

Lexington's 3rd flu case confirmed

Fayette County's second and third cases of influenza have been confirmed, the county health department said Friday.

"Kentucky typically sees flu cases increase this time every year," Lois Davis, the health department's public health nursing manager, said in a press release. "Getting a shot now will give you a much better chance from getting the flu this winter."

Lexington's first case of the season was confirmed Monday.

The state's flu season generally begins in October and ends in May, with activity usually peaking between January and March.

The health department offers flu shots daily by appointment at the department's two Public Health Clinics at 805 Newtown Circle (288-2483) and 2433 Regency Road (899-5201). Patients can also receive a flu shot during clinic walk-in times: 9:30-11 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 1-3 p.m. Wednesday.

Flu shots are recommended for people 65 and older; all children 6 months and older; and people with a chronic disease such as heart disease, cancer, asthma or diabetes. Health officials suggest that healthy people age 50 to 64 years also receive flu immunizations.

Every year in the United States, about 200,000 people are hospitalized with the flu, and 36,000 die of the flu or its complications, the health department said. Not all flu cases are confirmed; many physicians treat flu-like symptoms without sending samples to the state to be tested, the health department said.